Posted on 06/14/2016 at 08:34 AM by Dena Boelter
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British flag with a new flag that had 13 white stars in a circle and 13 red and white stripes, one for each state at that time. This flag is often thought to have been made by Betsy Ross, although historians argue that there is not enough evidence to legitimize this claim.
When we celebrate flag day, we are celebrating the establishment of the first United States flag.
In 1949, Congress passed an Act that established National Flag Day. We celebrate it yearly on the 14th of June, although it is not an official federal holiday.
One of the oldest continuing Flag Day events happens in Fairfield, Washington, where they have held an annual Flag Day parade every year since 1909.
Written by Matt McPherson